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A technique for rapid estimation of the charge distribution of submicron aerosols under atmospheric conditions

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  • Alison J. Buckley
  • Matthew D. Wright
  • Denis L. Henshaw
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1051
Number of pages10
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Volume42
Issue number12
DOIs
DatePublished - 2008

Abstract

A portable technique is presented for rapid estimation of the charge distribution of submicron aerosols under atmospheric conditions, using two Differential Mobility Analyzer (DMA) systems in parallel. Simultaneous measurement of the aerosol mobility and size distributions are made by using one DMA with a neutralizer and the other without. An estimate of the aerosol charge is obtained by a fitting procedure, in which the size distribution and an expression for the charge distribution are used to calculate the mobility distribution of the sample. The parameters in the theoretical charge distribution are varied iteratively until the calculated and measured mobility distributions match. Validation was undertaken with separate measurements of ion mobility and concentration used in the charging expression. Results are presented for ambient indoor air, unipolar ion production by an ionizer and downwind of a high-voltage overhead AC powerline.

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